Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:21am

Congratulations to associate professor of genetics Kelly Dyer, one of three UGA faculty to receive Russell Teaching Awards, the university's highest early career teaching honor:

Dyer, who joined UGA's faculty in 2007, uses innovative methods to teach courses in evolution and genetics, allowing students to explore cutting-edge research both in the classroom and laboratory environments. In addition to advising graduate students, while at UGA Dyer has mentored nearly 50 undergraduate students as well as several high school students and teachers in research projects.

Dyer is a 2012 recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, one of the most prestigious early career honors for researchers. She was a 2009 Lilly Teaching Fellow and has served on various nomination panels for elite scholarships, such as the Rhodes and Goldwater scholarships, through the Honors program. She currently coordinates the genetics graduate program at UGA and serves on the councils of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Genetics Association.

Fantastic recognition for Dyer, the department of genetics and the Franklin College, but the most wonderful news is for our students. Great people create this dynamic learning environment. Congratulations on this distinguished recognition for excellence in the classroom.